It was a long night for the St. John’s men’s soccer team but the wait was well worth it.
Tani Oluwaseyi’s goal in the 107th minute was the game-winner in the Red Storm’s 1-0 extra-time victory over North Carolina State Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.
With the win, St. John’s improved to 2-0-0 on the season for the first time since 2008. That year, the team made its fourth appearance all-time in the College Cup. It was also St. John’s first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team since 2010.
“It was an unbelievable team effort,” said Dr. Dave Masur, the team’s head coach. “I was happy to see the team really stuck to the game plan and did what we needed to do to get a result. I think we played for each other and took a big step forward as a team.”
Oluwaseyi’s game-winner was set up by his teammates’ efforts on a pair of 50-50 balls in the offensive zone. Brandon Duarte headed a ball toward Skage Simonsen, who then headed it to Oluwaseyi who was able to beat Wolfpack keeper Vinnie Durand.
Prior to scoring the game-winner, the native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada was involved in two of St. John’s best scoring opportunities. In the 83rd minute, he put a shot just over the crossbar and late in regulation he drew a foul in the box. However, Durand would save the penalty kick from Matt Forster.
After the match, Masur praised the efforts of the Red Storm’s two sophomore center backs, Matt Chandler and Luke Hansen, who helped limit the Wolfpack to just seven shots in the game.
Goalkeepers Luka Gavran and Jan Hoffelner combined to record the Red Storm’s second consecutive clean sheet.
St. John’s return to action on Friday night, hosting Manhattan in the team’s home opener at Belson Stadium. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.